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Dan Arel created ThinkPrivacy as a way to help users who want more control over what data about them is collected, and need products and services that respect their privacy rights.
He worked as a columnist and a journalist in the US for a long time and found trying to protect his personal privacy a challenge.
Once I became aware of how much of my personal information was online, I started noticing privacy violations everywhere. That’s when I started learning more about how companies use what they learn about us for profit.
ThinkPrivacy gets a lot of recommendations for apps to include on the list and has a rigorous selection process.
Once Dan feels a service or product meets those criteria, the app will be listed. The approach to browsers is a lot of the above but not only.
I look for what kind of controls the browser gives you. I want to first see privacy out-of-the-box. I don’t want a novice user to jump through hoops to make their browser privacy-respecting. I then look at what they can turn on and off, what types of plugins are allowed or blocked.
So what is Vivaldi doing right when it comes to privacy?
First, I think right out-of-the-box, you have privacy by default. I think that asking at Install is a perfect solution. This helps novice users make the right decisions.
Second, I think you fill a much-needed space. When we think of big browsers we think Mozilla and Chrome. Some people just prefer one over the other and you fill a gap in the Chrome user privacy space. You’re building great relationships with privacy-focused companies and incorporating their tools and showing that you really care about privacy and it’s not simply a buzzword on your page.
And lastly, your funding model is self-funded with a CEO with great integrity. That goes a long way in building user trust.
Often the biggest complaint Dan hears is that Vivaldi isn’t made available under one unified open-source license.
I really do appreciate the fact you publish the source code. It does allow people to inspect it. And while some hardcore open-source advocates may not agree with me, I think it’s a good solution for meeting people in the middle. I have added a source code link to the Vivaldi listing on ThinkPrivacy.
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